Hello! Welcome to my first Pre-trip Report. I have read so many great trip reports; I really should have evaluated them to determine what characteristics engage me as a reader. Then, I might know exactly how to tackle this! Also, I almost didn't do this because having so much info on the internet freaks me out a bit. I decided that my need for acceptance and understanding is much greater than my fear of the WWW! Afterall, others really don't "get" Disney the way we do! Cast: Pictures in next post DH - Gregg 39 (almost 40 ) Me- Debby 37 DD - Hannah 8 DD- Emma 8 When: JULY 2010 Where: AKV Jambo, BCV, and BWV Occasion: Okay, really, who needs an occasion? However, it will mark our first DVC trip, as well as DH and my 14th wedding anniversary. Chapters (Most Recent FIRST): Pin Traders are we! 7/8 HELP: Road Trip activity to soften the drive home 7/5 Disney Pin Trading? 7/4 Items for Trip - PICS 7/1Packing = stress 6/23 Restaurants- the final cut 6/19 Embarrassing Tale from 2008 Life update with a bit of Disney (of course) Planning Woes 6/9 Flashback-A Day of Firsts A Little Disney Every Day! It is shocking how many times I can bring up/compare Disney at the Philadelphia Zoo! Good Mom or Bad Mom? Day 5 - Split Stay Resort #2 Hannah's and Emma's Top Five List Summary of Day 4 and more Gifts I made for a friend's trip An Eight Year Old's Top Five List Day 3 PM Plans Off Topic Post Day 3 AM plans Other Gems in Epcot Future World Epcot - Innoventions Road trip essentials Day 2 Part II Day 2 Part I Plans Walt Disney World Section in B&N Advice for neighbor going to Disney Arrival Day Plans Part II Activities at AKL/AKV Countdown idea, finally - with picture! Mickey Heads Topics for Further Exploration Day 2 - Option A/ Option B NO DRIVING PLAN Warning: I worked it through on this post Ariel and Belle - Halloween Age 4 Thoughts on the Princess and the Frog Arrival Day Dilemma The Princess and Stan (The Villain) Yo, Ho, Ho, it's the Dining Plan for Us! Wait, should we fly? GAD Experience People look at me differently when I tell them we're driving The Plan that Needs Pixie Dust How We Fell in Love with Disney World I wanted to help you understand my personality with a label. OCD, type A, type B, but after googling to be precise, I really am not any of those... In a nutshell, I like to feel in control. Thus, I need a plan and I need routine. I research to help with this. I am Disney World obsessed and listen to podcasts, read websites, participate on the Dis (oh, I guess you know that ). I am a high school English teacher. So, essentially, when I am not doing activities with/ or for my family, I am on the laptop reading/ writing about Disney and improving my teaching! My husband and I have been married 13 years - we will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary in Disney. We have been together (more or less) for 22 years. We have twin daughters who are eight. I was terribly sick in my first two trimesters. One night early in my pregnancy, my husband said, "I think we are having twins." I laughed and said "Bite your tongue!" Not long after, I went to the doctor who said, "No wonder you are sick, there are two of them." My mom's response was that if anyone could handle twins, it would be me. (Reread the part above about routines.) That was eight years ago (well, almost nine if we are counting my pregnancy).